In a nation of natural treasures, Kansas’ state parks shine like diamonds.
Make it a goal to visit all of Kansas state parks: Cedar Bluff, Cheney, Clinton, Crawford, Cross Timbers, Eisenhower, El Dorado, Elk City, Fall River, Flint Hills Trail, Glen Elder, Hillsdale, Historic Lake Scott, Kanopolis, Kaw River, Little Jerusalem, Lovewell, Meade, Milford, Mushroom Rock, Perry, Pomona, Prairie Dog, Prairie Spirit Trail, Sand Hills, Tuttle Creek, Webster, Wilson.
Header Image is Elk City State Park.
Some are amid steep, timbered slopes ringed in bus-sized boulders. Others are where prairie grasses and wildflowers stretch towards 10-mile horizons.
It’s no wonder some rank in the top one percent nationally for scenic beauty.
Hundreds of miles of trails can take you places where the steepness of the grade, as well as the view, can literally leave you breathless. There are family-friendly and A.D.A. trails so all can enjoy “look at that!” sights.
Along lakes with clean beaches, most parks are perfect places for a child to catch their first sunfish, or where avid anglers might hook a fish of boat-towing proportions.
You can spend nights in cabins or RVs nicer than many homes. Or stay in tents at secluded spots where a doe and her wobbly-legged twin fawns may be your only neighbors. Sleep will come easy with the relaxing sounds of waves washing ashore and whippoorwills.
We hope you’ll spend some time in Kansas state parks. You’ll find they’re diamonds, one and all.
Discover each state park in the map below and print it out for an on the go list of locations!